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What's new in Tignes winter 2018/19

Great things to look forward to this coming season

Featured in: | Catissa Creighton, Tignes Reporter | Published

Winter has partially begun in Tignes already, with the glacier having opened on the October 17th. With that in mind, what new developments can visitors expect to see when they get to the resort?

In less than two weeks, winter 2018 officially begins in Tignes as the remaining lifts are scheduled to open on November 24th. An influx of workers are making their way up the mountains as businesses begin to prep for the snow and the tourists, and there are some big developments in the resort this year.

World's highest open top gondola

What's new in Tignes winter 2018/19

Tignes is now home to the the worlds largest and highest open-top cable car, which climbs from the Panoramic Restaurant (3,034m) to the Grand Motte glacier (3,456m) within five minutes. The two new cabins can transport 100 passengers inside a sleek, modern shell of floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a 360-degree view of the beautiful French Alp panoramas. Upstairs on the open-air viewing terrace, a further 20 passengers can enjoy aerial views of Mont Blanc and The Vanoise National Park- although this is unlikely to be open during the winter season due to the unpredictable weather conditions.

Designed in Switzerland by Garaventa AG, the Gondola has state of the art safety technology and will transport 1000 passengers to the glacier per hour. The Gondola is the first phase of a three-year €17 million development called Altitude Experiences which aims to promote and educate visitors about protecting the natural habitat. The operating company STGM will see that this whole area is refurbished with various viewing platforms and indoor exhibitions. The Sache gondola and Brevieres chairlift have also been replace by a nine place cable car in order to connect Les Brevieres (1500m) to Boisses (1800m.) It is estimated that the Boisses gondola will be able to transport 3,000 passengers per hour up to Tignes.

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New outdoor apres-ski bar

What's new in Tignes winter 2018/19

From the owners of the renowned Doudoune Club in Val D'isere, the trendy Apres-ski bar Cocorico is expanding to Tignes, bringing an eccentric energy to Val Claret. From 14:00 to 20:00, the open air terrance will host an evening of entertainment with live bands and DJs on a stunning sound system. When happy hour begins at 14:00 the dance floor will soon fill up with two-stepping ski boots and an air full of fist-pumps. The ultimate Apres experience. You can also visit Cocorico during the morning for a coffee or at their pizzeria from 12:00.

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Nightlife in Lac

What's new in Tignes winter 2018/19

Over the summer, the long standing underground bar in Le Lac was renamed Le Moose to match the managers pre-existing establishment in Les Brevieres. This development brought a modist refurbishment to the bar with a warm-wood décor, a pool table and darts board. This bar is sponsored by the premium Alpine liquoir 'Moose' which is only sold in selected bars in the Alps, Ibiza and UK. Last season saw the final closing of Le Lac's late-night Jacks' club. This venue hosted the popular party Bass Station which brought international hip-hop and D'n'B artists to perform in resort. The Bass station team have confirmed they will continue to host their event at Cave du Lac and Melting Pot.

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The ski-school that keeps on giving

What's new in Tignes winter 2018/19

New Generation Ski and Snowboard School have added free two-hour sessions to their 'Learn to Ski' package which is a week long course, tailored for beginners. This means learners can enjoy 16 hours for the price of 12. Furthermore, New Gen have partnered with charity organisation 'B1G1,' making a one-for-one education promise. For every hour they teach, they provide a day of education to a child in Chennai, India.

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Heliski Mont Blanc

What's new in Tignes winter 2018/19

Val Heliski have new products on the market this year which are very interesting. For tourists visiting Tignes, they are now offering heliskiing tours to Mont Blanc in the spring season. It is every mountaineers dream to once get to the top of the Alps, imagine the views from a helicopter. Val Heliski are partners with Salomon. They provide the local community with ABS packs, Salomon off-piste skis, snowboards, touring skis and splitboards and safety-kit.

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Childcare packages

What's new in Tignes winter 2018/19

Boo Bird Childcare have a range of affordable childcare packages available for this season. With Full time childcare costing as little as £650. They have also launched a lunch club package for children between their ski lessons, so their parents do not have to leave the mountain. This cost's £30 and includes lunch. Boo Bird nannies are creative in making every child's holiday seem magical.

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Ready-made meal delivery

Huski

Huski began to deliver high-quality, ready-made meals to chalets and apartments last year and they've already become the go-to service for many visitors when organising their self-catered Tignes holidays. Much more affordable than a private chef but equally as easy and delicious, Huski's ready meals will now be delivered all over the French Alps. They've also enlarged their range on offer to include fresh Savoyard-inspired meals made daily at their HQ in Bourg St Maurice, plus new brands, expanding their vegan and free-from options, as well as their choices for kids and babies. The ordering process could not be easier, just choose whatever you want for your ski week online and they'll deliver to your accommodation, ready to be heated up in the oven or the microwave.

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Action Outdoor celebrates 15 years

Action Outdoors

Founded by David Robertson and Mark Gillis in 2004, Action Outdoors will celebrate their 15th anniversary in 2019. Originally inspired by UCPA, a French non-profit organisation providing affordable, all-inclusive adventure sports holidays, they actually became UCPA's official UK partner in 2017. Action Outdoors offers great value ski holidays for everyone, with packages that include everything, from accommodation to lift passes, meals, gear hire and lessons, making it the cheapest way to come skiing to Tignes.

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Fully-electric airport transfers

The Cool Bus Tesla

The Cool Bus are upping their eco-friendly game by purchasing another Tesla Model X to replace one of their diesel-powered Volkswagen Caravelle. Their plan to make airport transfers in the Alps cleaner was put into motion last year when they bought two fully-electric, state-of-the-art, seven-seater Teslas. So far, these have helped reduce their carbon footprint by 30 tonnes and this third electric car will mean that 15% of their distance covered will be carbon-free.

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